Ruby on Rails – A New Training

In May, I spent a week in Hamburg giving a training in Ruby on Rails. I've already been a team-member on two Rails development projects, and it was as much a joy to teach as it is develop.

Ruby is a multi-paradigm, general-purpose programming language that particularly encourages simplicity and elegance in its users. Rails is a web application development framework built using Ruby. Like Ruby, Rails encourages you to develop elegant programs and has a very vibrant community of developers who provide a huge number of reusable components.

Web applications built on Rails include GitHub, Basecamp and Redmine.

The course I offer is summarised below and the recommended duration is 3-4 days.

Introduction to Ruby

  • Installation
  • Interactive Ruby Interpreter

Ruby Syntax

  • Variables and scope
  • Arrays and Hashes
  • Strings
  • Symbols
  • Flow control
  • Blocks

Object-Oriented Development with Ruby

  • Classes
  • Attributes and Accessors
  • Method scope
  • Mixins
  • Reflection

Typical Tasks with Ruby

  • File handling
  • XML/JSON processing
  • Times and dates
  • Debuggging Ruby
  • Using RubyGems
  • Exception handling

Rails Principles and Architecture

  • "Convention over Configuration"
  • MVC
  • REST
  • Folder layout

Installation and Configuration

  • Installation
  • Databases (e.g. SQLite, MySQL, PostgreSQL)
  • Using Rake

Developing a Typical Rails App

  • Creating controllers, models and views
  • Using scaffolding
  • Routing
  • Migrations
  • Templates
  • Validation
  • Associating models

Layout and Scripting

  • Scripting with JavaScript or CoffeeScript
  • Styling with CSS or SCSS
  • Templates with ERB or HAML

Making a Killer Rails App

  • User authentication
  • Automated Testing
  • Internationalisation
  • Deployment
  • Mobile Rails apps



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